Yesterday morning, with sub-zero temperatures, the McDonald's resturant at 29th and Baseline in Boulder closed its indoor dining area to keep homeless people out. The reason for the closure was confirmed by a telephone conversation with the manager.
The manager cited customer complaints against the presence of homeless persons as the reason for the closure and several times used wording that indicated he considers “customers” and “homeless” people who buy food there are two separate groups. He declined to say how he could tell if any person was homeless. The manager also stated that the drive-through window remained open and anyone, including homeless customers, could purchase food there. He insisted that the closure is not discrimination against homeless people, nor against people without cars, nor against anyone else, and suggested that even persons without cars could walk up to the drive-through window and purchase food.
The restaurant manager said the dining room might be closed this morning as well. As of this writing, we have not verified whether it is closed. The restaurant is located at 2920 Baseline Road,Boulder, Colorado 80303, and the telephone number is 303-449-1916.
Worldwide, a great many homeless people regularly purchase food at McDonald's restaurants. Also, many employees of various McDonald's restaurants are homeless, due to the inadequate wages paid at these and other fast food restaurants.
Most McDonald's restaurants are independently owned franchises. This particular restaurant is an independently owned franchise. The franchise owner is Aaron Holland, a resident of Denver.